Lubbock Council approves strategic water plan

Lubbock Council approves strategic water plan

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock City Council approved and adopted its strategic water plan. This road map develops and implements cost-effective, sustainable water supplies for the next 100 years.

The plan is divided into four parts: surface water, ground water, reuse and aquifer storage and recovery.

It focuses one expanding and diversifying the city's supply, to minimize risk from climate change. It also emphasizes conservation efforts and delays expensive water supply projects.

"In the mid 80s we were using over 200 gallons of water per person per day in Lubbock," Mayor Dan Pope said. "Today we use around...135 gallons of water per person per day. So we're down a third. The cheapest dollar we can spend on water is conservation. It's not investing in infrastructure."

According to the plan, Lubbock is currently meeting or surpassing the goals for conservation laid out by the state.

Call to lower storm water fees

During a work session, council members heard a proposal to lower storm water fees. 

Staff suggest cutting the fee by 30 percent over the next five years. 

For Tier One residential customers, who currently pay $8.80, the fee would roll back to a little over $6.

City Manager Jarrett Atkinson says this cut still allows the city to continue paying down its project debt as previously planned.

Council Districts modified

Annexation over the past few years has necessitated a re-draw of council districts.

Council approved the amendments, which will most notably affect districts one and six, filling in some gaps in far north Lubbock and far southwest Lubbock.

Upon closer inspection, there is no visible differences inside the existing boundaries. You can see the maps here. The final vote will be at the next meeting in February.

Land swap approved

Council also approved a land swap for placement of the new police headquarters. It takes a block of land owned by the city at 15th and Avenue L and trades it for a block right across from Citizens Tower.

The new location for P.D. and municipal court would create what the council calls a campus for the city. According to the city manager, the swap could be finalized by the end of the week.

Land re-zoned for Covenant construction

Council approved re-zoning some land in southwest Lubbock to allow the Covenant Health System to build a new facility there. It's at Marsha Sharp Freeway and 82nd Street.

Covenant reports, as part of its merger with Grace Health, a facility at this location will be serve the needs of far west neighborhoods. The planning application indicates it would serve both Lubbock and Wolfforth. This complies with the 2040 Plan, according to city staffers.

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